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Erin Adler

Reporter | South Metro
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Erin Adler covers Dakota County, including city government and the County Board.
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Gilbert Hoppe

Fundraiser for vet who tried to sell his hearing aids nears $20K

Several people spotted his Facebook post offering his hearing aids for sale, or a trade for a good vehicle, and stepped in to help.
In a protest over what they perceive as sexist attitudes on the West St. Paul City Council, residents brought boxes of tampons and maxi pads to the co

Tampons pile up at West St. Paul council meeting in protest over alleged sexism

Many residents carried maxi pads and tampons and pledged support for the female mayor in the face of alleged sexism on the City Council.
West St. Paul Mayor Jenny Halverson and Council Member Jay Bellows.

Feud over alleged sexism on West St. Paul council creates uproar

Mayor gets rude delivery after her recommendation is foiled by male colleague.

Cottage Grove man accused of swindling elderly with snow removal scam

Matthew D. Erickson also ran for Congress in 2016.
Bruno, 14, was a fixture around Longville, Minn., as he walked the 4 miles into town each day and absorbed all of the love he could find.

Longville's legend and social butterfly, Bruno, lived free until end

Bruno lumbered 4 miles each day both to and from Longville, Minn., where he became a hero of sorts.
Helping cities overcome the negative effects of landfill hosting, which include noise, road damage and pollution, is the aim of a new Dakota County pr

Dakota County grants will offset negatives of hosting landfills

The pilot program will help fund environmentally oriented projects in cities with landfills.
The lights from the signage on the side of the new Vikings practice facility in Eagan illuminate the homes on Lockwood Drive in Mendota Heights.

Vikings will turn off bright lights at Eagan complex at night

Team officials said they will turn off the lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in response to neighbors' concerns.

Authorities searching for Wisconsin man after empty boat washes ashore on Mississippi

The man is described as approximately 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds.
Officers respond to a goat and dog taking a stroll on a Twin Cities highway

Officers respond to a goat and dog taking a stroll on a Twin Cities highway

"Luckily, their owner reclaimed them," the Animal Humane Society said.
Dakota County deputies met with Fur-Ever Wild owner Terri Petter. “All the animals are safely removed,” Chief Deputy Joe Leko said.

Dakota County fur farm meets deadline for moving wild animals

County officials confirmed that Fur-Ever Wild had moved its exotic animals; the owner wouldn't say where they were headed.

Human remains found along Minnesota River in Burnsville

Human remains were found Sunday evening along the Minnesota River in the area of Interstate 35W and Black Dog Road in Burnsville, the Dakota County…

Three shot in south Minneapolis

Three people were shot Sunday night in south Minneapolis, with none of them critically hurt, Minneapolis police said.
Rachel Ratner sang with the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale during their performance Sunday afternoon.

'Seventy years ago we didn't have that': Jewish community celebrates state of Israel

With face paint, traditional food and music, thousands of Jewish Twin Cities residents marked the 70th anniversary of Israel on Sunday.
Four years ago, George Nathaniel was fired from his job driving Burnsville kids to school, also for praying with children on a bus.

Twin Cities school bus driver taken off route after leading kids in prayer

George Nathaniel says he has right to exercise faith.
Charles McDew

Charles McDew, civil rights activist and Metro State adviser, dies at 79

Charles “Chuck” McDew spent the early 1960s as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while the group was engaged in some of its…

Door-to-door vacuum salesmen in metro take pushy to a new level

Door-to-door tactics by company frighten, anger residents in several cities.
Roselyn Silvestre 2, helped shovel snow in front of her home along Penn Avenue after Saturdays blizzard Sunday April 15, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Several school districts close as snow and frustration pile up

A record-breaking winter storm dropped 15 inches across parts of the Twin Cities over the weekend, shutting down roads, the airport and even church services.
Students walked to their buses in the bitter cold after school in Minneapolis

Minneapolis students can choose gender, preferred name on district forms

Students can now use preferred name, gender on district forms.
Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano generates steam as he breathes with the temperatures in the mid-20's while on deck in the first inning of a baseball game

Twins' postponement Sunday rubbing many fans the wrong way

Sunday's postponed Twins game came a week after the Twins jabbed fans reluctant to go to Thursday's frigid home opener.
This car spun out in Minneapolis on Feb. 7.

Snow, freezing temperatures cause 132 crashes Sunday

The State Patrol counted dozens of crashes, including one involving 20 cars Sunday night.
The lights from the signage on the side of the new Vikings practice facility in Eagan illuminate the homes on Lockwood Drive in Mendota Heights.

Neighbors irked by bright lights at Vikings' new practice facility

They say the "light pollution" from the Eagan fieldhouse changes the character of their quiet neighborhood.
Mike Wickman of Minneapolis, who works in St. Paul, goes for a lunch break run in the snow on Summit Avenue in St. Paul.

April showers coming in form of snow; 6-7 inches in forecast

The snow started midday and will wrap up Tuesday afternoon, said Michelle Margraf of the National Weather Service, making for messy commutes this evening and Tuesday morning.
Eric Miers and fellow Scouts collected milkweed pods in September 2017 at Darvan Acres in Inver Grove Heights.

Armed with milkweed seeds, Inver Grove Heights Scouts making a difference

His pollinator project serves as a model at Darvan Acres.

Man's body found in rural Dodge County

The death is considered suspicious; police are seeking a woman who may know more.

Stillwater prison fight injures five staff Friday

Officials are saying little else about the melee.
Hillside Learning Center lost its license, but it has reopened under another family member’s name.

Reopening of troubled day care vexes Hastings residents

After Hillside Learning Center lost license, a relative of the owner has reopened it.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar held a news conference Sunday, March 18, to discuss a federal bill that would include $1 billion in funding to tackle the opioid ep

Klobuchar, Minnesota families speak out for $1B federal bill to help curb opioid epidemic

Klobuchar, Minnesota families speak in support of federal legislation to fund enforcement, treatment.
A funeral in Farmington on Tuesday had help from local police, one of the few metro-area departments that provide the service.

Loss of police escort in Rosemount rankles funeral home owner

Rosemount police halt practice, so funeral home owner objects.

West St. Paul votes to loosen rules on where sex offenders can live

Its policy on where they could live had been one of the state's most limiting.

Florida police say Minnesota man killed girlfriend, infant before shooting self

A 27-year-old Minnesota man apparently killed his girlfriend and their infant daughter in Florida on Saturday before shooting himself, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Man suspected in fatal Mpls. shooting is caught in Florida

A man suspected in a fatal shooting on the edge of downtown Minneapolis last month has been arrested in Florida.
New Dakota County corrections deputies went through training all day Wednesday at the Flint Hills Training Site in Rosemout.

Proposed Twin Cities police training centers compete for funding

One center in the south metro and another in the east would meet separate but urgent needs, backers say.
Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, greeted children in the lunchroom he worked at as she arrived to announce a donation from the "Philando F

Philando Castile fundraiser pays off St. Paul district's lunch debt

More than $155K has been raised to finance meals in the St. Paul Public Schools.
Dancers performed Sunday during the halftime show headlined by Justin Timberlake during Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Minnesota high school dancers perform at halftime— and kept it a secret

Hundreds of metro-area high school dance team members shimmied along with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show.
A Minnesota man helped his neighbor shovel a sidewalk in St. Paul during a January storm.

Districts canceling school as storm nears

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin are among the districts that announced cancellations due to expected treacherous road conditions. The winter storm is expected to dump 6 to 8 inches across the Twin Cities.
The nine-hole Thompson Oaks Golf Course was projected to lose $65,000 per year over the next five year.

Council closes West St. Paul's lone municipal golf course

City officials said the Thompson Oaks property could be redeveloped.
Orono High School students arrived by bus at the school Thursday, a day after a threat was posted, causing Orono schools to go on lockdown.

$30,000 raised for family of boy who triggered Orono lockdown

On the GoFundMe page, the organizing Orono parent wrote that the boy has autism, a fact that she said "is an overriding piece that everybody needs to keep in mind" when considering his social media posts.

NorthStar train hits, kills pedestrian in Elk River

A Northstar train struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking on the tracks Sunday night in Elk River, according to Metro Transit officials.
Mark Freer, his grandson Noah and Charlotte Svobodny play with Josie, Freer’s dog, at the future site of the dog park.

After years of work, Inver Grove Heights gets set for first dog park

Advocates say the social benefits matter as much for humans as they do for their pets.
A recent winter storm caused traffic problems on Cliff Road in Eagan amid ice and slush, not unlike what may be coming for the Twin Cities in the next

Twin Cities metro to get hit with wintry mix today, Tuesday

Because the wintry mix will bring a dusting of snow, roads shouldn't be as dangerous today as they would be if it were warmer and the precipitation was freezing rain.
Apple Valley is offering a “teen room” at the Redwood Center on County Road 42 as attendance declines at its existing teen center.

One by one, teen centers across Twin Cities are shutting down

Suburban centers confront funding challenges and dwindling attendance.
Dancers from 14 metro-area high schools and hundreds of U band members had to keep mum about their participation as they poured hours into preparing t

Minnesota students' Super Bowl performance was top secret

Hundreds of Minnesota high school and university students harbored a supersized secret in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl — they were going…
Tiffany Birch, left, and Rob Spain, with their 7-week-old son, Ayden, cleared the kitchen table in their new home.

Dakota County ramps up efforts to house its homeless population

Dakota County issued a 60-day challenge to respond to urgent need.
A light-rail train

Pedestrian hit, killed by Green Line light-rail train

A pedestrian was killed Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a Green Line train near the intersection of University and Pascal avenues in St. Paul, Metro Transit officials said.
Marjorie Kleven, left, and friend Carol Schlomka tried out the new pedestrian flags at a busy intersection in Hastings.

Hastings tries pedestrian flag program on busy road

The installation of portable pedestrian flags at a highly-traveled intersection lets walkers be their own crossing guards.
Thomas Evenstad.

Sex offender wins reprieve from West St. Paul residency restrictions

Federal judge rules that the city's ordinance might be overly restrictive.
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Obituary: Harold "Red" Goldberg welcomed all at Red's Roost

For 30 years, Harold "Red" Goldberg created a community for dozens of hardscrabble regulars at his Minneapolis bar, feeding them holiday dinners, giving out winter coats and providing a safe, judgment-free space to gather.
“Who rules the world,” said the sign held by Jolene Hobbins, 5. Mom Amelia Hobbins of Rogers said she “came to expose my daughter to feminism an

New year brings new focus for Minnesota Women's March

At St. Paul event, organizers urged women to register, vote and get politically involved.

South St. Paul nabs $1.26M state grant to clean up future FedEx site

Money from state will prepare the way for building a distribution center.
Karl Forsman, of Minnetonka (in window), hosted free sauna rounds for folks needing a little heat outside U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Snow, traffic kick off thrilling Vikings game with some frantic moments

Minnesota Vikings fans battled snow, traffic snarls and dropping temperatures, forcing them to navigate treacherous roads to and from the NFC playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

Hastings City Council to decide on riverfront hotel project

Mixed-use development would convert a historic manufacturing operation.
Volunteer Barb Bailey and Brian Bozeman, Matrix Housing Services staff member, served a meal to homeless shelter guests.

Roving Dakota County homeless shelter returns

So far, 90 homeless people have found respite at a shelter that moves from church to church.
Edina officer Darren Davis Jr. answered a question from dispatch about an earlier arrest while patrolling Southdale Center.

More Minnesota police departments going to 12-hour work schedules

Once departments see the benefits — more days off — most don't want to go back.
Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt

A history of bullying complaints dogs Hastings fire chief

Mike Schutt, accused of abusive behavior, is back at work after probe by city.
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Mother of Cordale Handy, other protesters decry decision clearing St. Paul police

Ramsey County's decision not to charge officers leads to demonstration in St. Paul.

Woman dead after snowmobile crash in St. Louis County

Companion hospitalized after vehicle rams gate.
Dr. Deanna Alevizos, a pediatric dentist with Metro Dental Care at Metro Dental in Burnsville on Tuesday.

Parents accuse Burnsville dentist of overtreating their kids

Dr. Deanna Alevizos says her approach heads off problems and finds hidden decay other dentists miss.

Rochester police seek help solving string of six robberies in 36 hours

Five of the crimes appear to have some of the same suspects, while a sixth is likely unconnected.
Rendering of the planned apartment buildings in Mendota Heights that will feature two 70-unit complexes.

Mendota Heights residents battle city over apartment project

In a lawsuit, residents allege elected officials violated ordinances to make way for two new, market-rate apartment buildings.
Noise and road wear from trucks, like these at a site in Rosemount, are among the issues some have with landfills.

For Dakota County, landfills bring dollars, downfalls

Dakota County has five open state-permitted landfills — more than any other Minnesota county.
Hadley Kull, 2, climbed on the stone commemorating the site where Indian remains were reburied in 1958.

Woman aims to protect American Indian burial site in South St. Paul

Owner of plots near Kaposia cemetery has no plans to disturb land, but worries persist.

Boy trying to hop on train in St. Paul loses foot; he slipped out of sleepover

The 7-year-old was visiting relatives; children under 15 are subject to a 10 p.m. curfew in St. Paul.
Left to right: Amy Bergquist, Advocates for Human Rights staff attorney joins Husen Beriso, Endris Hundissa, Kathleen Seestadt, Nagessa Oddo Dube, Gen

Oromo group decries 'ongoing genocide' in Ethiopia

New group wants Americans to more forcefully oppose alleged abuses in Ethiopia.
Robert Weikle Jr. and his wife, Diane, have used the metal storage unit in their driveway to store toys for an annual toy drive.

Shakopee man cancels his toy drive after storage unit dispute with city

Storage unit runs afoul of Shakopee rules, leading to cancellation of annual holiday rite.
NBA rookie Sam Jacobson in 1998. Jacobson pleaded guilty Monday to residential mortgage fraud over $35,000 in a Dakota County court.

Former Gophers star Sam Jacobson pleads guilty to mortgage fraud

Sam Jacobson sold his home to his then-girlfriend and then never moved out.
Darick Kvam, a college student from New Prague, helped a deer trapped in a frozen lake get free.

New Prague hunter rescues fawn stuck on ice

Darick Kvam shot a deer this weekend, but not with a gun — a friend caught a video of him rescuing a fawn stuck on the ice.

Fatal Andover hit-and-run now classified as homicide by sheriff

Officials are treating a fatal car collision in Andover as a homicide rather than the hit-and-run accident they at first thought it was.

Inver Grove Heights fire station will cut response times in half

The new facility is expected to cut response times dramatically.
A national group and a California wolf sanctuary filed a lawsuit Sept. 29 seeking to block Fur-Ever Wild of Lakeville from killing grey wolves. The gr

Animal rights groups seek court order to stop Lakeville-area fur farm from killing, neglecting wolves

Owner of Fur-Ever Wild in Eureka Township denies suit's allegation that she's violating law.
Dustin in "Stranger Things," season two, episode one.

'Stranger Things' fans go ga-ga for Science Museum of Minnesota hoodie

The internet is buzzing over a 1980s-era purple sweatshirt from the Science Museum of Minnesota worn by a character on the show — and the museum is already working on reintroducing the no-longer-available hoodie.

Hwy. 7 head-on crash kills Minnetonka man

Jean Claude Paquier Wishard, 44, died in the collision.
Daughter Claudia Duran and her son Georgie, visited her mother, Adela Trejo, who has lived at this apartment for the past five years. West St. Paul ya

West St. Paul apartments lose license, possibly displacing dozens

The city yanked an apartment building's rental license, citing too many police calls.
Meredith “Mick” McClain, shown in 2007.

Musician Meredith 'Mick' McClain, whose passion for performing was revealed early, dies at 78

He went on to wow audiences as a career musician, playing piano at Minneapolis supper clubs, Catskill resorts and with national acts.
Yahya Eyow, 10, took part in a prayer at the end of the service for his father Sunday at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington.

Memorial held for Bloomington father killed in Somalia terror attack

Bloomington man killed in the Somalia bombing is honored at a memorial service at his mosque.
Sgt. Bobby Lambert, lower left, poses with other officers at the unveiling of a sign commemorating fallen Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick. Photo

Farmington police hire cop fired by Mendota Heights

20-year veteran Bobby Lambert had been fired for conducting an improper search.
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